Unless you’re an animated sunshine or a clown, it’s difficult to maintain a constant state of happiness. As the weather gets progressively worse and the world appears to be imploding, we have some rather well-timed advice from 40 classic authors on how to be happy or how to avoid unhappiness. If you’re smiling by the end of this then you’re welcome…
Creating unique characters is something every fiction author has to focus on because it can make the difference in writing a book that resonates with the audience, and that means sales. Here are 5 tips on how to create great characters:
In this week’s video, learn how to write backstory that matters to your story and entrance readers with its possibilities…
In a romantic funk? Baffled by love? How about a quote from Oscar Wilde to shed some light on the subject? Though most of our favourite writers have had less than perfect love lives, there’s something to be said for their insight into the elusive and complex world of romance. Is it their ability to describe human nature so clearly that lends their observations an air of wisdom? Whatever it is, we gobble up their words on that most universal of subjects: love. In no particular order, here are our top 25 author quotes on amore:
Failure hurts, doesn’t it? It can be brutal, humiliating, and demoralizing. From the giddy heights of your initial creative rush, the long hours wrestling to keep your labor of love alive, to landing smack on your face on releasing it into a world that frankly, doesn’t give a damn. That’s one heck of a fall.
But we’ve all felt like failures at one point in our lives. And the pain that it brings can be enough for us to slam the brakes on ever trying to be a writer again. Those writers who succeed understand that to stop feeling like a failure and dare again, you need to re-examine your idea of what failure as a writer actually is and what it means to you.
Because before you can start to feel like a successful writer, you must stop feeling like a failed one. Here’s how:
You need to give your protagonist and your antagonist story goals. These story goals should be in conflict with each other. Tell a story where your readers can empathise with both your hero and your villain. Make both of them memorable and interesting. But how do you tell if you will have enough conflict in your novel? Answer our conflict test to find out.
You’ve probably said it to yourself 100 times before: I really need to start reading more. When you’re an out-of-the-habit adult with a full schedule, however, finding the time to pick up a book can be a challenge. Well, find a comfy nook and bring your favorite book… because these tips make it easy for you to start reading more right now.
There are as many writing spaces around the world as there are writers. Each one unique, opulent or bare-bones basic with a single united purpose, to get words on paper.
Authors covet writing spaces in the same way they covet time to write, it’s a precious resource and finding the right space can make or break your writing goals, it can welcome or repel your muse.
Today’s post features six lovely authors and their writing spaces in the hopes they will inspire you to carve out your own unique space.
There are so many ways to promote your book, but sometimes it is very simple book marketing changes that can make a big difference to your book sales potential. Often the common problems with online book promotion is that it can become repetitive and potential book buyers become advertising immune.
The problem of repetition is especially the case on Facebook and Twitter. If you are using social media to promote your book, it might well be time to think about creating alternatives that you can post to create more variety and interest.